Mathematics in the Sixth Form
The course followed is MEI (OCR) for both Mathematics and Further Mathematics. Courses leading to AS Mathematics, A-level Mathematics, A-level Mathematics and AS Further Mathematics, and A-levels in both Mathematics and Further Mathematics are available, dependent upon demand.
For all modules students use the appropriate MEI textbooks.
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At the beginning of year 12 all students are given a test on their basic algebra skills. If their performance in this test is not satisfactory they will be warned that they are unlikely to be successful in AS Mathematics, and counselled to consider an alternative subject.
In year 12 there is one ‘double maths’ set; these students will sit C1, C2, FP1, M1, S1 and D1, taking C1, C2 and one applied module in January and the remaining modules in June.
The remaining ‘single maths’ students are placed into one of six sets for pure mathematics – C1 and C2 – based on ability. C1 will be sat in January and C2 in June. A free choice of applied modules M1, S1 or D1 is available; advice is given on the most appropriate option for each student. This module will also be sat in June.
In the period following the AS examinations all students will complete the coursework for C3.
Progress into year 13 is dependent on satisfactory performance in the AS examination.
It is at this stage that those double mathematicians who only which to gain AS Further Mathematics will move to one of the single maths sets. The remaining double mathematicians will continue with C3, C4, FP2, DE, M2 and S2, with the option to study an additional module if time permits. C3 and at least one other module will be sat in January; the remainder will be sat in June.
There will be five sets for pure mathematics, taking C3 in January and C4 in June. Again, there are free choices for the applied module, this time M2, S2, (subject to having taken the appropriate 1-module in year 12) or to switch applied disciplines with M1 or S1. (N.B. D1 is not offered in year 13.) Option choices are dependent on there being sufficient numbers. The applied module will be sat in June.
At the end of year 12/13 students will have
1. completed appropriate assignments and assessments for each module.
2. been given regular feedback on the standard of their work.
3. been set extra work when remediation was needed.
4. been put on report if work was not satisfactory.
5. been prepared for the examination in each module by use of past papers, with at least one being sat under examination conditions.
AS Mathematics: Students not continuing to A2 need to see Dr Ogden if they wish to resit any modules. She will then provide past papers and time to go over them with individual students, who need to see her to arrange a convenient time.
A2 Mathematics: Students on the A2 course should discuss with their main teacher the AS results. The general pattern is to resit the applied module in January and any Core modules in June of year 13. In March, when the results for January are known, all students need to discuss their results with their main teacher using a spreadsheet summary provided by Dr Ogden. They will use this to decide whether to enter any additional resits in order to achieve the best possible grade.
Resit support can be provided in a number of ways. The main teacher should ensure that students still have all the revision material they need for the module they are resitting. Dr Ogden will provide the most recent past papers and she can arrange a mutually convenient time to go over them. Help may also be available from the teacher who taught them in year 12.
AS/A2 Mathematics and Further Mathematics: Any resists needing to be taken by students taking both Mathematics and Further Mathematics to AS or A2 should be discussed with their class teacher who will also provide materials and support for them.
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